ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ex-offenders, their families and those who want justice reform are planning to rally at the state Capitol to support second chances for people with criminal pasts.

Tuesday’s rally is led by the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, which works to raise awareness about barriers people with criminal records face.

The coalition says it will focus on three things in 2012: expanding work opportunities for people with criminal records, limiting access to juvenile records, and restoring voting rights for people with felony convictions who are on probation or parole.

The coalition also plans to announce an initiative called “Think First” which is designed to raise awareness about long term impacts of juvenile criminal records.

Several law enforcement officials will speak at the 9 a.m. news conference and 10 a.m. rally.

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Comments (18)
  1. Hank says:

    Maybe we should have a parade for those getting out of prison.

    1. G Dog says:

      Thus speaketh Hank the Perfect.

      1. hank says:

        Lets all forget and forgive, we can hire pedophiles to babysit our kids, burglars to clean our houses, killers to be our mailmen, rapists can coach our daughters volleyball team and drug dealers can do crosswalk duty. Sounds like a fine plan.

        1. G Dog says:

          Doubt that any of the protesters at the Capital are rapists and murderers, Hank. As usual, you and other “law and order” types miss the point.

          No second chances, huh? Guess you’s be voting for Obama rather than Newt.

          BTW, the pastor of the church I grew up in was an ex-con – did a burglary when he was 18. Did his time, found the Lord and served his parish for 43 years.

          No second chances, Hank!!!!

          1. Hank says:

            better check the kids.

        2. Andy says:

          Let me guess hank, you’re a social Christian conservative I bet.

          1. hank says:

            Not at all. But I do know that victims of felons don’t get second chances and must live with this crime forever. Why should the felon get off.

        3. brian says:

          are all felons bad people?

        4. brian says:

          felons in Minnesota can own guns and vote… why cant they also have a second chance?

    2. Shameeka Jones says:

      Coons have multi paged Rap sheets of crimes committed..They don’t need a job anyhow..They are too lazy to work & are entitled to a lifetime of welfare anyway!

  2. not the right way to do things says:

    By committing felonies, they gave up all these rights. Yes everyne makes mistakes, but what about the kids that will never grow up because of a mistake to drink a few too many and drive? What about the family that has a mom that lives in fear every day because of a “mistake” made by a man that attacked her? What about the kids that were abused by someone else’s mistake? Yes, some people deserve a second chance, but not every felon. Either this story falls flat on it’s face due to lack of information or the felons are starting to run the system.

  3. Richard Cheese says:

    I’m all for this type of thing as long as it’s for NON VIOLENT offenders.

  4. Mayhem says:

    Usually 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc etc chances are given even before they enter prison. And a majority of prisoners dont serve the full term anyways -“good behavior” and all. Theres your second chance – again.

    If criminals could just behave themselves and make intelligent decisions with their lives like the rest of us, they wouldnt have to worry about their 20th – something second chances.

  5. dodo says:

    some felons DO deserve a clean start, i’m talking about the guy that forked up ONCE early in his life, as most of us do…..if he has been clean for over say 10 years , he should be cleared………..were not talking about ppl with a multi rap sheet…….

  6. Matthew says:

    Once their time is served their record should be sealed and they should face no other type of discrimination. It they’re so dangerous they should still be in prison. What chance does someone have for a good job once they’ve been convicted of an auto theft of something similar? They’re sentenced to a certain amount of time in prison, that should be their time served, not continue with punishments for the rest of their life. Once your time is served that should be the end of it. Oh, btw, I’m a conservative with no criminal record.

    1. brian says:

      I agree. if they want a person to be a felon for life up them on probation for life.

  7. Trina says:

    So if they do not deserve a chance then why even let them out of prison? Closed minded maybe? Because humans don’t make mistakes?

    Yeah, and I also have no criminal record.

  8. brian says:

    they do need to give exfelons a second chance. they are people just like us

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